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A microworld in Triassic amber.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17167469     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Amber provides an effective medium for conservation of soft-bodied microorganisms, but finds older than 135 million years are very rare and have not so far contained any microbial inclusions. Here we describe 220-million-year-old droplets of amber containing bacteria, fungi, algae and protozoans that are assignable to extant genera. These inclusions provide insight into the evolution and palaeoecology of Lower Mesozoic microorganisms: it seems that the basal levels of food webs of terrestrial communities (biocoenoses) have undergone little or no morphological change from the Triassic to the Recent.
Authors:
Alexander R Schmidt; Eugenio Ragazzi; Olimpia Coppellotti; Guido Roghi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nature     Volume:  444     ISSN:  1476-4687     ISO Abbreviation:  Nature     Publication Date:  2006 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-12-14     Completed Date:  2007-01-11     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0410462     Medline TA:  Nature     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  835     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Museum für Naturkunde der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 10115 Berlin, Germany. alexander.schmidt@museum.hu-berlin.de
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Algae / isolation & purification
Amber*
Animals
Bacteria / isolation & purification
Biodiversity*
Fossils*
Fungi / isolation & purification
Microbiology*
Time Factors
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Amber

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